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Leave Commercial Water Damage In Chicago To The Professionals At SERVPRO!

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Leave Commercial Water Damage In Chicago To The Professionals At SERVPRO! If your commercial property requires immediate attention, contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

Maintaining A Safe Environment For Your Tenants With Commercial Water Extraction In Chicago

Property managers are expected to maintain a safe environment for their tenants at all times and are liable for any damages or injury caused by burst pipes, heavy rainfall, and flooding. In instances where water spills are concerned removing said water and rapidly drying the property are a priority. In these circumstances, professional help is a must.

As a leading provider of Commercial Water Extraction in Chicago, we offer a viable solution for your property. SERVPRO is a local company with national resources and has Large Loss teams that have traveled all over the country helping to restore damages. Not only do we have unrivaled experience in dealing with commercial properties, and their insurance adjusters, we also offer a unique service proposition.

We operate a 24-hour emergency call-line. On receiving your call, we can send a team of highly trained specialists to your property immediately on receiving notification of loss. Each team is lead by an IICRC qualified project manager who can liaise with you directly throughout service. Communication is essential to ensuring an efficient service, particularly in older commercial residences where builds may have pre-existing structural issues.

SERVPRO can mobilize a significant amount of equipment in a short amount of time. Our truck-mounted extraction units are capable of removing 750 gallons of water in one go. We can also provide portable extractors for use inside smaller areas where accessibility may be an issue- useful when damages occur in attics or on upper levels. Where there is standing water above two inches, fully submersible gas-powered pumps can be deployed to remove it rapidly.

SERVPRO has a national reputation which carries weight with insurance adjusters. Our experts also have experience in dealing with claims. If necessary, your project manager can act on your behalf when contacting your adjuster as well as providing a full itinerary of the service operation to make your claim as simple as possible.

If your commercial property requires immediate attention, contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

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Getting Speedy Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Can Make All the Difference For Your Business

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Getting Speedy Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Can Make All the Difference For Your Business No matter how severe the fire damage may be, our technicians will take care of it and restore your commercial property.

Our Commercial Fire Damage Services Can Save Your Chicago Eatery

One of the most unsettling events for a business owner to experience is a fire. You can lose merchandise and revenue and may have to close down indefinitely. The effects of combustion can also be extensive, which is why contacting professionals like us makes perfect sense. Our techs can restore your business to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO commercial fire damage crews have the expertise and skills to do the job right and work fast to minimize costs and damages. Undoubtedly, smoke, soot, and dirt cover many of the items inside your eatery. Plus, there probably is a great deal of water left behind by the firefighters, which can lead to secondary damages like rot, bacteria and structural damage. Our technicians can handle the daunting task of removing, categorizing and tracking everything we remove from your restaurant. Plus, our teams can eliminate all moisture with portable or truck-mounted extractors so that you can get back in operation quickly.

One of the most crucial steps our SERVPRO technicians take after a fire in your business is sealing and containing the affected areas. Also, we can clean soot, and smoke residuals from materials and surfaces with dry sponges or we may need to use scraping or scrubbing tools. When fire burns, residue and vapors flow or drift through the atmosphere within your restaurant and cover various surfaces like walls, floors, windows, tables, chairs and soft materials like curtains, tablecloths, and carpeting. Soot can be difficult to remove because often layers of ash cover surfaces and contents. When we arrive at your property, you can trust us to get rid of the dirt, soot and smoke residues when possible.

Our team can reduce offensive smoke odors by removing burned and charred furniture and contents as well as any debris emitting strong odors. We also can remove and clean items that have not been ruined by the fire. Deodorization is also part of the restoration phase. We can use air scrubbers, ozone machines, high-velocity fans and thermal fogging equipment to push out smoke odors and drag in purifying air from outside the structure.

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SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown commercial fire damage services can restore your business. We work fast and efficiently. Contact us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100. Our crews are here to help and can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Rescues, with Great Aplomb, Chicago Historical Buildings from Water Damage

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO Rescues, with Great Aplomb, Chicago Historical Buildings from Water Damage SERVPRO Saves Chicago Buildings--Old or New, Tall or Small, from Water Damage

Preserving A Historical Chicago Office with Professional Water Removal

One of the most noteworthy observations about Chicago is all of the old buildings that have managed to survive for decades or even more than a century, defying modern construction techniques and the demand for progress. Many of these historical buildings are in use throughout the city, which makes it a more severe situation when something like a substantial water loss incident occurs.

To preserve your historic Chicago office building from water damage, you need to make sure that you react to the situation as quickly as possible. There is something to be said for the mitigation work being as important as the restoration process for professionals like our SERVPRO team. When we arrive at your office building following your initial phone call, our focus begins with limiting the spread of this water to allow for the restoration process to be smoother and easier to manage.

One of the first tasks that our professionals must do in this situation is to focus on extracting the water. The longer that pooling water sits in the affected area, the more it can saturate into the construction materials and become more challenging to remove. Our approach is always to restore before rebuilding, and this is especially the case when it comes to preserving the look and feel of historic properties throughout the area. Many of these buildings, if demolition is needed, must be restored to their preloss condition, a great challenge.

Water penetration into materials like wood flooring and the walls can quickly cause disastrous effects without the right approach. Our SERVPRO professionals utilize specialized equipment like large floor drying mats to penetrate not only the flooring material but to pull moisture and dampness from the subflooring material as well to prevent lingering effects from developing. Dehumidification equipment also gets set to gradually pull the moisture out to protect materials like plaster and wood framing in the walls from splintering or erosion as well. We can insert tubes into the wall cavities to force in heated air to increase the evaporation rate and the movement of moisture through baseboard level small exit holes.

Historical buildings require professionals to restore, especially when water removal is already a concern. The best decision that you can do for the property is to reach out to our SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown restoration specialists as soon as the problem arises to allow us time to get to work and preserve the materials for continued use for years to come. Give us a call anytime at (773) 434-9100.

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Why SERVPRO's Water Cleanup Team in Chicago is Always Ready to Take Your Emergency Call

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why SERVPRO's Water Cleanup Team in Chicago is Always Ready to Take Your Emergency Call Should your office setting be facing flooding, call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

An Effective Action Plan for Commercial Water Removal in Chicago

Being prepared to face a flooded workplace is very important. Most incidents of flooding in Chicago happen when you least expect them, or when you are away from the property thus making it harder to respond appropriately. Having a response plan can help you deal with the situation if it ever arises allowing your business to bounce back stronger. We offer professional restoration services that can help you deal with the situation "Like it never even happened."
 
Any effective plan for commercial water removal in Chicago needs to address the speed of response. The obvious solution is to extract water from the premises as fast as possible. However, if the water source from outside the building, then extraction is not a practical approach. Such cases would require a transfer of free contents to areas not affected by the water. You can set some space in an elevated section of your property. This way, it is possible to move items from the flooded sections to this area thus minimizing damage caused by prolonged exposure to water. If you do not have such a space, our SERVPRO team can move out items to an offsite facility.
 
Most workplaces have physical documents, which either contain customer data or important business records. If such documents are saturated, the loss of information can be devastating. To avoid such loss, you should store documents in high places or invest in waterproof cabinets. If such measures are not in place when the loss happens, SERVPRO technicians can help limit the extent of damages. We utilize methods such as freeze drying, dehumidification, vacuum thermal-drying or vacuum freeze-drying to remove the water without causing further damage.
 
The water that floods property also tends to deposit waste collected inside or outside the property including mud and other materials. Thorough cleaning is important to restore the property back to its preloss conditions, and also prevent problems such as bad odor, or microbial growth. It is expensive to invest in the necessary tools and workforce needed for proper cleanup. Our SERVPRO team has the necessary tools including power washers, and our staff is adequately trained to do a thorough cleaning.
 
Even if ill-prepared, working with a professional restorer can help. Call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 to help restore your workplace.

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Chicago's Commercial Mold Damage Technicians Describe Removal Methods

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Chicago's Commercial Mold Damage Technicians Describe Removal Methods From small to tall offices, SERVPRO can help remove mold damage.

Mold Removal Methods

If you ever notice a fungus developing inside your office complex in Chicago, it most likely was caused by a water leak of some kind. If moisture slowly leaks over time microbe issues get worse the longer materials stay wet. Mold can cause health effects with some people making prompt remediation essential.

Once fungi forms inside a structure, they can quickly spread to other sections of the office building. During every commercial mold damage project in Chicago, specific procedures get implemented to keep microbes from affecting multiple areas. Spores created by the contamination become airborne until they settle somewhere else.

Once a fungus exists inside your offices, our SERVPRO technicians use different techniques to remove the contamination from the materials. Before any work takes place, the affected sector of the office complex gets sealed off. Thick plastic gets put up around the entire affected area creating a containment chamber.

Containing the work area with plastic helps keep any dust or spores from contaminating more sections of the office. In most cases, a hole gets cut into the chamber, and an air scrubber gets zip-tied to the plastic around the hole. Doing this creates negative air pressure within the containment chamber that sucks particles into the air scrubber forcing it through a HEPA filter that attracts even the tiniest particles.

Next, measures get taken to remove the contamination. In certain situations, the fungi have grown deep into the materials requiring the affected items to get removed. Other times, the mold can get scrubbed, scraped or sanded off.

Various methods get implemented depending on the type of mold damage and how long it has been present. Some contaminated materials can be wiped with a dry sponge or scrubbed off. Other fungi require soda blasting or sanding to get removed entirely.

After the fungi get removed from the affected items, a HEPA vacuum is used to suck up the remaining dust and debris created by the work completed. The HEPA filter in the vacuum ensures that clean air is exhausted out of the vacuum. If you ever need assistance with remediating microbial growth, call SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100 any day of the week.

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Efficient Mold Remediation for Your Chicago Pizzeria

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Efficient Mold Remediation for Your Chicago Pizzeria SERVPRO can quickly and thoroughly remediate mold damage found in your pizzeria.

Rely on SERVPRO When You Discover Mold in Your Commercial Space

If this Chicago area is famous for one thing, it is the way that we make pizza. While you might be one of the original pizzerias to the region, or just getting started in the business, the last thing that your eatery needs is mold growth in the building to slow down your successes. As a place that offers food to the hungry local community, the presence of mold in the kitchen areas or dining areas of your establishment could pose potential health effects to your patrons as well as your staff.

As you likely already know, the preparation and kitchen areas of your pizzeria offer the highest temperatures all day long that you find anywhere in the restaurant. When you couple this higher temperature with moisture present in the environment from humidity or another possible source, you have met the conditions necessary for mold spores to seat on organic surfaces and thrive. Battling mold damage to your Chicago restaurant is not as simple as you might believe.

It is a common misconception that mold is easy to remove on your own with various DIY methods that you can find on the internet as opposed to professional remediation from SERVPRO. While some mold colonies can get affected by these approaches, you are never reaching the entire organism. These methods might appear to work, but have only removed the surface mold that you can see, and did not affect the entire hyphae. Ultimately, the problem occurs again after a short period.

When you choose our SERVPRO mold remediation specialists, you are getting highly trained technicians educated in every facet of mold removal and property restoration. We work quickly to isolate the affected area and identify the source of the moisture that allows the mold colonies to grow. We understand that your business loses money with the doors closed, so our team works efficiently to remove the present colonies, deodorize, and dry up the area as promptly as possible.

Finding mold in your pizzeria does not have to be something that ultimately derails your business. Trust in the experienced IICRC certified remediation specialists at SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to help you reclaim your restaurant. Give us a call 24/7 at (773) 434-9100.

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Professional Mold Remediation for Your Chicago Restaurant

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Mold Remediation for Your Chicago Restaurant Make sure that your restaurant kitchen gets thorough services after a mold infestation by contacting the technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Remediate Your Commercial Mold Damage

With so many restaurants in Chicago, you have to stand out from the pack to make a substantially profitable mark on this landscape. While you might have all of the business models in place and the right dishes to prepare to wow the crowds that come in through your door, one thing that you cannot account for is the possibility of something unforeseen derailing your progress and setting you back.  
 
When it comes to hot kitchens that are not well ventilated, there is a lot of steam and moisture that cannot find a means of escaping the area. Mixed with the higher temperatures present in such a bustling area of your building, you have the right makings for mold to grow in areas that might not get as consistently cleaned as other regions of the kitchen. When you encounter mold damage in your Chicago restaurant kitchen area, the best thing that you can do for your business is contact certified mold remediation specialists.  
 
Our SERVPRO team gets expertly trained to the high standards set by the IICRC for mold remediation and removal strategies. We have a comprehensive and broad knowledge of various types of fungus and how best to remove each one. The presence of mold is a cause to immediately cease food preparation until the mold has gotten removed and remediation gets completed. This fact not only implies a loss of profit for you, but a potential loss in reputation as those that might have spoken highly of your establishment are forced to go elsewhere. That is why you need professional remediation specialists that have your business at heart and look to mitigate your losses in every capacity.  
 
From the moment that our SERVPRO team arrives at your restaurant, our specialists get to work assessing the extent of the damages and sectioning off the area using negative air chambers. This equipment prevents the spread of active mold spores to new surfaces while the affected areas are getting cleaned with our scrubbers. Air circulation is cut off throughout the building while the remediation process is ongoing to further prevent the new colonies from forming elsewhere.  
 
You cannot expect to handle mold damage in your restaurant alone. Trust our experienced team at SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to get your doors open for business again quickly. You can call us anytime at (773) 434-9100.  

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Commercial Water Damage and the Musty Atmosphere in Your Chicago-area Used Bookstore

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage and the Musty Atmosphere in Your Chicago-area Used Bookstore Chicago Bookstore and Retail Shops Benefit from Water Damage Restoration by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Water and Secondary Damages to Your Commercial Property in the Chicago Area

With easy access to the internet, few people in Chicago seem to read books the way they did only a generation ago. Nevertheless, many people still enjoy finding a classic that they once read as a child, and without such bookstores, this treasure would remain inaccessible.

Especially when it involves commercial water damage, Chicago, our Windy City on Lake Michigan, poses unique challenges to some business owners. Bookstores that sell only new volumes escape some of these problems merely because their merchandise never faced exposure to mold and mildew over the years from the buildup of moisture.

Bound in leather or heavy paper and cloth, books contain the perfect environment for microbes. Pages hold moisture, while at the same time provide the cellulose fibers these organisms need. The grooves between the pages at the top of the book provide the surface area that mold spores can easily land on while hiding them from feather dusters. Not washed with soap and water like many other items found in a typical home or workplace microbes can collect in staggering numbers, waiting for an elevation in humidity to trigger their growth.

Placing your inventory on the shelves of your store brings the mold spores from the past into one location. Keeping humidity low in such a situation is crucial to protecting not only your merchandise but also for protecting your entire building. In this kind of ongoing need, SERVPRO recommends the use of a dehumidifier, which we can install for your company. Water damage can severely impact your inventory by allowing microbes to grow wildly, making mitigation vital to your business' continued success.

Lyophilization, basically freeze drying documents and papers to mitigate damage as part of the restoration service, can help remove the mold present in your inventory, and it can also prevent any further deterioration of older volumes, as it also kills anything that may live inside books. While this process takes place, our crew can perform the necessary work in removing any water damage, removing any present mold from shelving, cleaning out storage areas, and repainting walls and ceilings, so both mold and its musty odor disappear.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown views each business in our area as an essential part of our community's fabric. Helping you continue providing your goods and services to the public gives us great satisfaction. Call us at (773) 434-9100 to reach our 24-hour service whenever you notice water damage and its effects on your bookstore or another place of commerce.

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Saving Your Beauty Salon from Commercial Water Damage in Chicago

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Saving Your Beauty Salon from Commercial Water Damage in Chicago If your salon experiences water damage, rely on SERVPRO to restore your space "Like it never even happened."

Professional Water Damage Restoration Services for Your Commercial Space

Pampering your wonderful clientele and making them feel and look even more beautiful than they did when they walked through the door of your Chicago beauty salon can keep you and your employees busy. Using water to shampoo hair and fill spray bottles is a significant part of the work involved. When water overflows a sink or sprays everywhere after a pipe breaks, your salon faces a complex set of problems.

Small businesses like salons in Chicago with commercial water damage find that recovering from such disasters take time. SERVPRO professionals can help small businesses recover more quickly. Being able to recover quickly can help minimize loss of profits and help retain clients. While the bookings immediately after a disaster might need rescheduling, those appointments in the future might not need changing with fast and efficient service.

We can help you through the complex nature of damage caused by water, clean your salon, and help ensure that things are once again “Like it never even happened.” Water easily seeps into cracks on floors, and we must remove all of this water before it can cause the floor's support system to rot and weaken. This water only turns to moisture, feeding tiny insects and mold, while disintegrating the materials it comes in contact with, so extracting it is crucial.

Water can also increase the amount of moisture in the air, adversely affecting your client's hair. Rusty fixtures in your salon can create a dingy look and feel, also. SERVPRO can prevent all of this, and other situations, too, so you can continue providing your services. The products you use on clients' hair can continue to work the way they always have in the past, with no shocking surprises for your staff or unsuspecting customers.

Training for and earning certificates from the IICRC in Water Damage Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), and also Commercial Drying (CDS) provides us with the information and skills needed to remediate situations such as overflowing basins and broken water lines. We have experience in remediation of all sizes of businesses, and all types. We know to always handle your valuable equipment with care and to keep the lines of communication open with our customers.

Small businesses provide a sizable portion of our economy, and without your participation, our entire community suffers. SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown wants to work with you in any water damage event or any other disaster that affects your business. Contacting our 24-hour service by calling (773) 434-9100, any day of the year, can help keep your business running smoothly.

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Helping Chicago Pizzerias To Remove Water Damage

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Helping Chicago Pizzerias To Remove Water Damage SERVPRO helps to remove water from pizzerias through hi-tech industrial machines and solutions, overcoming even the most severe damage there is.

Water Damage Removal

Large-scale flooding can seem like an imposing problem to many restaurant owners. Water of measurable depth in wide, open areas such as dining areas and some kitchens can seem like too big a task for anyone to handle quickly, making the whole situation seem much direr than it is. SERVPRO helps to remove water from Chicago pizzerias through hi-tech industrial machines and solutions, overcoming even the most severe damage there is. Here are a few of the ways our tech helps to give us an edge over the competition.

Water Extraction
For water removal jobs in Chicago pizzerias and other dining establishments, we typically use larger truck-mounted water extractors to remove standing water from the building at an unprecedented pace. These gasoline-powered machines pump water out of the store and into the street, where it can safely flow into gutters and sewer systems. In the event of catastrophic flooding, we also have access to more extractors so that we can remove the water before further damage has a chance to set in. Also, for deeper areas of the building or less demanding jobs, we also use small, portable water extractors to get a different reach.

Further Drying
Once the standing water has been safely pumped out, we can then start to dry the structure further. The next step is drying out soaked materials, which we accomplish via heavy duty air movers. These can remove moisture from carpets, wood, masonry, and any other materials in the building. Then, we bring in thermal and chemical dehumidifiers to take airborne water droplets out of the air and store them in containment tanks. SERVPRO treatments and techniques ensure that water is removed as quickly as possible and all damage that can be avoided has been avoided and that your business opens doors sooner.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is a local provider of water removal and restoration services in the Chicago area. Call us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100.

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Specialized Fire Damage Restoration Services Your Chicago Area Business Deserves

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Specialized Fire Damage Restoration Services Your Chicago Area Business Deserves It is crucial for you to receive fast, efficient restoration services when dealing with any disaster to your shop.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Running an antique shop gives you access to a wide range of customers, characters of all shapes and sizes. Some looking for a special gift, others adding to their collection, all seeking a product that adds quality or meaning to their lives. You take that to heart, providing everything you possibly can to your customers.  
 
When your Chicago area building becomes compromised by fire damage, you deserve access to someone who takes their job and their company as seriously as you do. With access to cutting-edge techniques, a variety of specialized equipment, and expertly trained technicians, we provide you with more than just a way to repair your building.
 
It is crucial for you to receive fast, efficient restoration services when dealing with any disaster. Time can be especially harmful to materials and contents affected by flames. Water, soot, and smoke residues continually damage everything they come into contact with even after the fire is out. Until someone takes the proper steps to eliminate the problem, damage continues that you simply cannot afford.
 
SERVPRO has several years experience helping customers just like you overcome problems caused by a fire on their property. Everything from minor content fires to full structure fires can cause a significant amount of damage. However, if given the right support, a company can easily recover with little to no losses, it just depends on the quality of the support you enlist.  
 
SERVPRO technicians utilize industrial-grade restoration equipment and cleaning techniques to save as much of your property as possible. Woodwork, walls, ceilings, carpeting, furniture items, artwork, electronics, and precious antiques receive careful attention, cleaning and deodorization methods that help return them to a quality condition that others can enjoy.  
 
SERVPRO puts every resource at your disposal to assist with your restoration, cut costs, and reduce any disruptions your business may experience. Your restoration becomes our only goal, providing you with the attention you deserve during an especially trying time.
 
Make the most of what is available to you, contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown to obtain the services you deserve (773) 434-9100.

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Protect Your Chicago Area Pizzeria With Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Count On

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Chicago Area Pizzeria With Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Count On Fire Damage in a Chicago Pizzeria Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Pizzerias to Working Condition After Fires


Taking the proper precautions to keep your pizzeria safe from fire takes some real effort on your part. You have to consider every circumstance and take the proper steps to ensure that your employees and guests remain safe from hazards that may exist.
 
Looking at the amount of equipment and services that your Chicago pizzeria likely has, fire damage can happen anywhere. Your entire serving station, kitchen, and even your preparation area makes fire inspectors cringe.  
 
These hazards make it necessary for you to have a pre-existing relationship with a fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO that you can count on to combat problems that have the potential to close you down for good.
 
You want to maintain your deep fryers properly, whether they are electric or gas. Sure they offer efficient heating and fast recovery between frying cycles, but they also expose workers to a variety of hazards that can quickly get out of control.  
 
While your dough preparation equipment poses few problems, your counters are full of dangers. The majority of machinery that you use implies risk including your pizza scales, cheese graters, and mixers.  
 
Filling them too much, cleaning them improperly, or failing to check for problems that may be present with feed lines or frayed cords can lead to catastrophic damage in your kitchen.  
 
All of these appliances can result in electrical hazards if not maintained or used properly by your staff. The fire hazards present due to pasta cookers, dough presses, and holding cabinets alone should cause red flags to fly.  
 
You may have deck ovens powered by natural gas or liquid propane, electric countertop ovens for breadsticks or other side dishes while using conveyor ovens to produce your pies and other main courses.  
 
SERVPRO technicians can help you limit risks and come up with a plan to help protect your business both before and after an incident occurs on your property. Take advantage of the expertly trained fire damage technicians available by having an initial inspection performed today.
 
At SERVPRO, we enjoy a good pizza, just like anyone else. However, we put our stock into helping business owners, just like you, remain in business, or successfully recover from disastrous events that may occur.
 
Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown for more information or to take the first steps in protecting your business today. (773) 434-9100


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Basics You Should Know When Dealing With Mold Damage In Your Chicago Business

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Basics You Should Know When Dealing With Mold Damage In Your Chicago Business Fungi in Petri Dishes, Call SERVPRO for Mold at Your Place of Business in Chicago

For Your Work Place, Rely on SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Infestations

You discover a small patch of mold growing in the storeroom of your bar and make the decision to contact a remediation company before things get out of control. If any mold makes its way into your serving area, it could begin affecting your customers.

When facing a mold damage situation in your Chicago business, it benefits you to seek help. By the time you can see even the smallest amount of mold in your building, the problem that exists could be far larger than you think.
 
An employee brings a box of cocktail straws from the storeroom into your serving area, brushing their shoe against the wall on the way out. Spores hitch a ride, contaminating the rest of your building and you do not even know it yet. This simple everyday activity could start a chain reaction that affects your entire building.
 
The mold itself begins life as a tiny spore, which functions as a seed. This seed is quite smaller and simpler than any seeds you may currently be familiar with, such as an apple seed. Smaller than a pinhead, thousands of these seeds can float through even the gentlest breezes when the mass containing them is disturbed. These spores do occur naturally and are ubiquitous in every environment.
 
SERVPRO technicians have experienced instances where airflow alone carries spores from area to area until they eventually settle on a surface. These spores may lie dormant for long periods, waiting for the right conditions to exist for growth to occur. Moisture on any surface, such as areas under your bar, floor mats, bar stools, or even behind the jukebox can cause these spores to absorb water, beginning their growth process.
 
SERVPRO technicians have found that the best environment for mold growth includes temperatures between 68 and 86 degrees. However, even poor conditions fail to stop some types of mold. Some adapt to colder temperatures as low as 32 degrees, while others can thrive in temperatures up to 122 degrees.
 
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), there is no such thing as an acceptable amount or type of mold. When you discover that mold exists on your property, possible health risks exist that could affect your employees, patrons, and products.
 
You should seek professional assistance from a company like SERVPRO to remediate the situation and get things under control immediately. The type of mold infecting your structure does not matter; the fact that it is present is all you need to consider.
 
For additional information that can help save your business and protect your customers, contact SERVPRO of West Loop - Bucktown - Greektown today, we can help. (773) 434-9100

How You Can Help SERVPRO Water Mitigation Efforts in Your Greektown Office

1/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How You Can Help SERVPRO Water Mitigation Efforts in Your Greektown Office Set up a profile using the ERP and then call SERVPRO quickly when flooding occurs for best results.

Preparation is Helpful When Facing Damage at Your Business Location

One of the reasons why SERVPRO is so well-trusted around the country is our strategy of mitigation. Rather than waiting around for damage to continue, our technicians are ready to respond around the clock to stop sources of damage and make efforts to contain disasters to where they are. This ends up saving us time in restorations, especially for larger buildings like offices, and money in your pocket. There are things you can do to help us with the mitigation efforts, both improving conditions for our technicians and reducing costs to you.
 
The ERP System
 
One of the biggest initial steps you can take towards mitigating commercial water damage in a Greektown office is to set up a profile in the SERVPRO ERP system. The Emergency Ready Profile system is a new tool we offer that allows you to submit relevant information about your building or buildings to our servers, giving us access to critical information beforehand and allowing us to perform critical procedures the moment we arrive on-site. Anything of use can be submitted, from contact lists to floor plans to blueprints. Setting up a profile is quick and easy, and you can alert us to disasters instantly from any computer or our mobile app.
 
Shutting Off Systems
 
One of the first things we have to do when responding to water damage in an office is to locate power and water systems and make sure they are offline. Offices tend to contain many types of electronics and water outlets, so getting these under control is critical for both safety and restoration efforts. If it is safe to do so, shutting these off yourself can be of great use to us.
 
Get Valuables Out of the Way
 
Valuable items such as art and glass displays can be severely damaged both during and after a flood by a number of factors. Where possible, try to get these fragile and valuable items out of the way before mitigation efforts begin. Note that this generally excludes electronics, which can still be very dangerous even if it appears that the water is gone.
 
SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is an experienced local restoration company that helps offices large and small to recover from damage dealt to them. Call us 24/7 at (773) 434-9100.

How SERVPRO ERP Response Times Can Make A Difference In Bucktown

12/3/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO ERP Response Times Can Make A Difference In Bucktown Most commercial fires are accompanied by some amount of water damage, usually from sprinklers.

SERVPRO ERP Program

The SERVPRO ERP program allows business owners to submit detailed and relevant information about each of their properties without hassle or fee so that we can respond quickly and with heightened awareness of the situation. Then, when disaster strikes, it only takes a few clicks on the web or in our app to have SERVPRO professionals responding to the property in need. When it comes to fire damage, every minute can count, and the time saved by using our ERP system helps to make sure the damage is kept to a minimum and your doors are back open as quickly as possible. Here are a few elements of commercial fire damage in which time is critical during our initial response.

Soot And Ash
When there is significant burn in a case of commercial fire damage in Bucktown, ash can quickly begin to accumulate and collect on all sorts of surfaces. If this ash buildup is allowed to continue unabated, problems can arise such as clogged pipes and drains, increased damage to HVAC systems, and permanent damage to flooring. The faster we can respond to fire damage, the more we are able to mitigate the effects of ash buildup.

Water Damage
Most commercial fires are accompanied by some amount of water damage, usually from sprinklers. These can mix with materials such as smoke and ash, creating sludge that can stain and chip away at displays, walls, and floors. Additionally, if there is enough water to cause flooding, water must be extracted immediately to make sure that it doesn't seep down and cause massive damage to the structure.

Structural Damage
In some cases, damage to the structure may be significant enough to create a risk of partial or total collapse of walls, ceilings, and supports. Sometimes just a few minutes can make a difference.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown is a locally owned business with national resources that helps business owners to get their properties back in working order as quickly as possible. Give us a call at (773) 434-9100 to request our help or advice.

How SERVPRO Helps Stores Get Back To Business In West Loop

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial How SERVPRO Helps Stores Get Back To Business In West Loop The best way to get your business back in gear quickly is to contact us soon after damage strikes.

Getting Your Business Back To New After A Water Damage Emergency

If your business is in the service industry and has been hit by water damage, the chances are that the first thing on your mind is getting doors open as soon as possible. Even if the damage is light, customers will be driven away until it is properly repaired, even as the damage gets worse while you ignore it. The best way to get your business back in gear quickly is to contact us soon after damage strikes and to heed our advice in the field.

Fast Responses
In many West Loop commercial water damage cases, a fast response can mean thousands of dollars and weeks of closed doors saved for your store. If we can't respond in time, stains get a chance to set, water may drip into tight spaces and cracks, and any fabrics will be thoroughly doused and ruined. Furthermore, a speedy response helps to curb mold growth, a damaging and potentially hazardous silent problem for businesses worldwide. Our crews will respond within four hours of your initial call, often sooner, and can get right to work containing the damage and installing preventative measures. With less damage to repair, there is less work to be done, directly saving both time and money for you.

Speedy Negotiations With Insurers
Some businesses get caught up in messy legal situations and paperwork when negotiating with an insurance provider over damages. While it is important to protect your interests when dealing with them, you should also be aware that we can't begin many of the most important tasks until insurance documents are signed. Our representatives will help you to negotiate and work with an insurer to make sure everything turns out smooth and affordable for you.

SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown specializes in getting businesses back in shape after disaster strikes, with professional service, quality equipment, and affordable prices. If your commercial location has sustained water damage, give us a call at (773) 434-9100.

Chicago Commercial Fire Damage

10/28/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Chicago Commercial Fire Damage One Fire Suppressant Sprinkler Head Just Might Save Chicago

Why SERVPRO Is the Answer to a Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Chicago

One of the most economically devastating and destructive forces a business owner in Chicago can face is a fire leaving behind large scale fire damage in Chicago. Fires can produce a number of varying problems to your property. The obvious burn damage to the building structure, such as roof or truss weakness, HVAC damage, electrical and plumbing breakdowns have to be addressed and repaired in a set sequence to maximize results will optimizing time and associated costs. Then include the secondary water damage resulting from the extinguishing of the flames. Furniture, computers, printers, telephonic systems, carpeting and business documents and files are often the recipients of large-scale water damage. Any sensitive inventory such as food or clothing will be inspected, and then either discarded or moved to a safe location. Mold growth and rapid proliferation can start from 48-72 hours after the fire damaging event. For these reasons and more, it is critically important for you to contact a Chicago commercial fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to begin water extraction to mitigate the water damage.

The Assessment

The first service that a professional fire damage restoration company does is thorough assessment and inspection. During this assessment, our remediation specialists will check your structure and contents to determine the extent of the fire damage in Chicago. The inspection is an in-depth walk around looking for broken windows, structural integrity, and any remaining fire hazards that could lead to future break-ins. After the SERVPRO experts have completed the assessment, they will develop a detailed, customized course of action that will address and resolve all of your fire and water damage issues. If any damaged roofs, doors, walls, or windows allow for the external weather to affect them, we will secure and cover these areas using tarps, buttressing walls, and boarding up the windows.

Once the remediation specialists ensure the structural integrity of your commercial property and the water removal using powerful pumps, wet-vacs, and sump pumps has been accomplished, then the final drying process begins. Equipment like dehumidifiers, both refrigerant, and chemical, and air-movers complete these processes. Moisture removal will aid in the prevention of mold growth. The IICRC trained cleanup crews will wipe down and remove soot from the furniture, walls, and ceilings. Skillful execution will allow for repainting rather than replacing drywall and ceiling tiles. This will save you time and money. Additionally, they will clean your upholstery and carpet, when salvageable. Smoke and soot's pervasive odors will be removed using specialized foggers. Air scrubbers will aid in the removal of mold spores. Finally, the specialists will offer content restoration services for vital documents, photographs, and paintings.

If your commercial business in Chicago suffers fire damage, it is critically important that you secure a reliable, professional fire damage restoration company. Our professionals at SERVPRO have the training, equipment, and experience to restore your business to running order as quickly as possible.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown can respond immediately to your Chicago commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. Call SERVPRO of West Loop/Bucktown/Greektown for an immediate response. (773) 434-9100

Water Damage Prevention for Your Streeterville Commercial Building

5/13/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Prevention for Your Streeterville Commercial Building Every building carries some risk of Streeterville water damage at any time.

Water damage prevention for your commercial building. 

Every building carries some risk of Streeterville water damage at any time. There are more than 7,000 water, fire, and storm losses that are reported on a daily basis, and water is the most common type of disaster that can wreak havoc on a building. The causes of water damage can range from minor to major, from small leaks in the roof to widespread damage from major storms. It is crucial to protect the roofs of the building, as well as the walls and windows of the structure, to minimize the chance of water damage Streeterville. If you use the following checklist, you can stand of the best chance of protecting your business from water damage that can cost a great deal of money and energy.

Roofs

- On a regular basis, make sure to examine all rooftop penetrations on the interior and exterior.

- Examine the seals that surround HVAC systems, so that you can be sure that they are intact and will not be responsible for water damage in the building.

- Keep updated in regards to the flashings that surround skylights, vents, and other parts of the rooftop that could play a role in water damage. 

- Look for water stains on a regular basis.

- If you have a flat roof, make sure to examine the roof drains on a monthly basis.  

Walls

- Look at any wall penetrations in the building and verify proper flashing and integrity of the sealant.

- Examine the wall joints located at plumbing penetrations, electrical penetrations, doors, and windows. 

Windows

- Examine flashings on the exterior of the building, as well as window joints, for continuous seal integrity.

- If you have windows that are involved in a drainable wall system, examine any flashing openings to make sure that they are not clogged. Look at weep holes as well.

- Examine windows from the interior of the building, and verify air seal and glass integrity.

- Test out mechanical elements on a regular basis, including cranks and locks.

- Examine the areas of the walls around the windows on the interior of the building for water damage.

The Importance of a Rapid Response

Even a commercial building that is carefully operated has some risk of water damage Streeterville. For this reason, it is crucial that your business have a prepared emergency response plan for such situations. These plans can play a key role in making sure that the building rapidly recovers from water damage from a flooded basement, severe leak in the roof, or soaked carpet in the office. The speed of response to one of these events is often the most important key to recovering business quickly after a disaster has occurred. 

What should be included in a water emergency response plan is:

- Rapid shutdown of water supply lines.

- Safe shutdown of gas and electric supply lines.

- Easy access to equipment.

- Contact information for water extraction companies, HVAC and plumbing specialists, and police, fire, and emergency personnel.

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

If you encounter any water damage emergency at your Streeterville facility call  SERVPRO of West Loop-Bucktown-Greektown. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for your emergency at (773) 434-9100.